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01-09-2008, 01:41 PM
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Top rookies in 2008-09

I know it's early, and some listed here could (although unlikely) end out playing the maximum 25 games in the NHL by the end of the season, but Id thought it would be fun to rank a top 25 anyway. (P.S: dont shoot me down for missing a player or something).

Im aware that probably over half these players wont be rookies next season, but theres no way to know who until then.


1. Kyle Turris - PHO
2. Kyle Okposo - NYI
3. James VanRiemsdyk - PHI
4. Jakub Voracek - CLB
5. Karl Alzner - WSH
6. Steven Stamkos - ?
7. Derick Brassard - CLB
8. Patrick Berglund - STL
9. Michael Frolik - FLA
10. Bobby Ryan - ANA
11. Drew Doughty - ?
12. TJ Oshie - STL
13. Jonathan Bernier - LA
14. Tuukka Rask - BOS
15. Claude Giroux - PHI
16. Mikael Backlund - CGY
17. Shawn Matthias - FLA
18. Benoit Pouliot - MIN
19. Nicklas Bergfors - NJ
20. Bob Sanguinetti - NYR
21. Ryan Parent - PHI
22. Luc Bourdon - VAN
23. Logan Couture - SJ
24. Thomas Hickey - LA
25. Blake Geoffrion - NSH

HM: Steve Mason - CLB, Robin Figren - NYI, Brad Marchand - BOS


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01-09-2008, 01:51 PM
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I think Sheppard (40 games so far) might have a hard time being a rookie next season.

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01-09-2008, 01:52 PM
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I think Sheppard (40 games so far) might have a hard time being a rookie next season.
Thanks, wasnt aware.

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01-09-2008, 01:57 PM
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Backlund will not play in NHL nest season.

Patric Hornqvist and Nikolai Kulemin are strong candidates to make Nashville and Toronto nest season.

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Okposo will probably be eligible next year. It was announced that he will go straight to the AHL, and I doubt he gets anything with the Isles outside of a cup of coffee unless they completely drop in the standings. Figren will probably be an AHLer next year as well.

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01-09-2008, 02:05 PM
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Okposo will probably be eligible next year. It was announced that he will go straight to the AHL, and I doubt he gets anything with the Isles outside of a cup of coffee unless they completely drop in the standings. Figren will probably be an AHLer next year as well.
ok thanks. THat changes everything.

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I know it's early, and some listed here could (although unlikely) end out playing the maximum 25 games in the NHL by the end of the season, but Id thought it would be fun to rank a top 25 anyway. (P.S: dont shoot me down for missing a player or something).

Im aware that probably over half these players wont be rookies next season, but theres no way to know who until then.


1. Kyle Turris - PHO
2. James VanRiemsdyk - PHI
3. Jakub Voracek - CLB
4. Karl Alzner - WSH
5. Steven Stamkos - ?
5. Derick Brassard - CLB
6. Patrick Berglund - STL
7. Michael Frolik - FLA
8. Bobby Ryan - ANA
9. Drew Doughty - ?
10. TJ Oshie - STL
11. Jonathan Bernier - LA
12. James Sheppard - MIN
13. Tuukka Rask - BOS
14. Claude Giroux - PHI
15. Mikael Backlund - CGY
16. Shawn Matthias - FLA
17. Robin Figren - NYI
18. Benoit Pouliot - MIN
19. Nicklas Bergfors - NJ
20. Bob Sanguinetti - NYR
21. Ryan Parent - PHI
22. Luc Bourdon - VAN
23. Logan Couture - SJ
24. Thomas Hickey - LA
25. Blake Geoffrion - NSH
HM: Steve Mason - CLB

* Kyle Okposo is not there as hes supposed to join the Islanders soon if Im not mistaken.
I don't think you will see the likes of

Steve Mason
Blake Geoffrion
Bobby Saguinetti
Thomas Hickey
Mikael Backlund
Shawn Matthias
Jonathan Bernier
Logan Couture
Drew Doughty
Patrick Berglund
Karl Alzner
Kyle Turris
Jame Van Riemsdyk
Jakub Voracek

all will likely need some AHL seasoning before they make jump

Guys like Bobby Ryan, James Sheppard, Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Parent have a little taste of the NHL or are regulars already so you should expect them to be regulars next season.

From the Leafs
Jiri Tlusty, Nikolai Kulemin and Anton Stralman could all be regulars next season.

Others you missed who could make the jump

Jakub Kindl
Boris Valabik
Denis Persson
Cam Barker
Jack Skille (if he doesn't stick on his current call up)
Chris Stewart
Mark Fistric
Matt Niskanen
James Neal
Cody Franson
Matthew Corrente
Kyle Okposo
Alexei Cherepanov (if they can get him over)
Keith Yandle

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01-09-2008, 02:10 PM
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Btw, another darkhorse, a 6'3 210 center Carl Soderberg for Bruins.

As for Berglund, he almost made the team this year, don't think he will go for a full season in AHL next year. At WJC he looked like the most NHL-ready player out there.

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01-09-2008, 02:14 PM
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I don't think you will see the likes of

Steve Mason
Blake Geoffrion
Bobby Saguinetti
Thomas Hickey
Mikael Backlund
Shawn Matthias
Jonathan Bernier
Logan Couture
Drew Doughty
Patrick Berglund
Karl Alzner
Kyle Turris
Jame Van Riemsdyk
Jakub Voracek

all will likely need some AHL seasoning before they make jump

Guys like Bobby Ryan, James Sheppard, Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Parent have a little taste of the NHL or are regulars already so you should expect them to be regulars next season.

From the Leafs
Jiri Tlusty, Nikolai Kulemin and Anton Stralman could all be regulars next season.

Others you missed who could make the jump

Jakub Kindl
Boris Valabik
Denis Persson
Cam Barker
Jack Skille (if he doesn't stick on his current call up)
Chris Stewart
Mark Fistric
Matt Niskanen
James Neal
Cody Franson
Matthew Corrente
Kyle Okposo
Alexei Cherepanov (if they can get him over)
Keith Yandle
Barker already played 35 last season, and Niskanen is having a great rookie season so far in Dallas right now.

Youre probably right about most of the players on your first list. Although I would think Gretzky would play Turris like he played Mueller and Hanzal this year to get him NHL ready as soon as possible. I also wouldnt be surprised to see Washington play Alzner quite a bit with their already poor D. Same reasoning in Columbus for Voracek and their poor offense, although Brassard is also there to contend to take a spot. If LA dont pick up a goalie in the off-season, I would suppose that they will attempt to start Bernier agaon next season.

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01-09-2008, 02:18 PM
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As for Berglund, he almost made the team this year, don't think he will go for a full season in AHL next year. At WJC he looked like the most NHL-ready player out there.
Agreed. He was going around Canada's D quite easily.

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I would add T. Purcell to the list. #2 in points in the AHL as a rookie and should be all but guaranteed on LA next season. I am pretty sure Bernier will see time in the AHL or not a full seasons time.

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I dont think Kyle Turris is expected to make the Coyotes next year. He's obviously talented enough so you couldnt rule him out. However the Coyotes already have 6 or 7 rookies this year and are expecting older guys like Blake Wheeler, Kevin Porter, Enver Lisin and Brett MacLean to arrive next season. There's not much space or need to rush Turris to the NHL.

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Derrick Brassard, Jonathan Bernier, Sergei kostitsyn (if he comes back in the AHL this year)

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Derrick Brassard, Jonathan Bernier, Sergei kostitsyn (if he comes back in the AHL this year)
i doubt he will be back in the AHL...

fabian brunnstrom could make an imediate impact for the team that signs him...

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01-09-2008, 04:10 PM
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Brian Lee is having a very solid AHL season and with Redden likely gone and Richardson being 70 years old, he could very well be on the Sens next year.

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Anton Stralman, and Jiri Tlusty, if they play the rest of this current NHL regular season, won't be considered as rookies no more for the 08-09 NHL season. I think it is safe to say they both will be up here for the rest of the season.

Nikolai Kulemin should be a top notch rookie in the 08-09 NHL season, could contend for the Calder Trophy, and should get top 2 line minutes beside Sundin (assuming he comes back next season), Kyle Wellwood, Jason Blake, Nik antropov, etc.

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shawn matthias will have a nice start to nest year

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Potential Swedish rookies in NHL 2008-09 would be:

Patrik Berglund - F 1988 St Louis
Nicklas Bergfors - F 1987 New Jersey
Carl Soderberg - F 1985 Boston
Patric Hornqvist - F 1987 Nashville
Anton Stralman - D 1986 Toronto
Jonathan Ericsson - D 1984 Detroit
Niklas Hjalmarsson - D 1987 Chicago

Dark horses:

Jhonas Enroth - G 1988 Buffalo
Alexander Hellstrom - D 1987 St Louis
Jonas Junland - D 1987 St Louis
Oscar Hedman - D 1986 Washington
Martin Thornberg - F 1983 Not Drafted
Fabian Brunnstrom - F 1985 Not Drafted
Dick Axelsson - F 1987 Detroit
Linus Videll - F 1985 Colorado
Johan Harju - F 1986 Tampa Bay

Mikael Backlund and Oscar Moller will NOT play in the NHL next season. They are not ready YET.

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No PIT rookies were mentioned. I don't expect any of them to be in the top 5, but I think one or two of them could surprise and play pretty well.

Possible rookies for Pittsburgh next year:

Dustin Jeffrey
Alex Goligoski
Ryan Stone
Luca Caputi
Joe Vitale

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Mason Raymond will not be a rookie in 08/09, given he has already played more than 20 games this season.

You are right about Grabner, however. He's out-performing Bourdon on the farm right now -- granted they play different positions, but Bourdon has been slumping since he was sent back down to the Moose, while Grabner has been hot-hot-hot since he became the Moose go-to-guy in lieu of call-ups and injuries. Given the Canucks weak forward group, I expect him to play a fair number of NHL games next season.

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For NJ I really think a 23 year old Petr Vrana may be able to make some sort of impact. He finally got a hold of the pro game this year and plays in all situations.

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Btw, another darkhorse, a 6'3 210 center Carl Soderberg for Bruins.

As for Berglund, he almost made the team this year, don't think he will go for a full season in AHL next year. At WJC he looked like the most NHL-ready player out there.
Agreed with both those calls. Assuming they both commit to NA next year, they will play NHL hockey from day one. Whether they stick is another question, but I am confident they will play at least 60-70 games each.

For Buffalo, Zagrapan is the rookie who will probably have most impact. Expect him to have a similar season to Paille last year and MacArthur this year splitting time between AHL and NHL. Mark Mancari and Patrick Kaleta will fight for a fourth line spot. Gogulla will come to camp and either make the team or return to Europe. I expect one of Brennan, Weber, Funk or Card to make the team, assuming Sekera gets the other spot. With 4 UFAs on D, there may be more than one.

Enroth will not play in the NHL to start the year, he will either start in the AHL or play another year in Europe.


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Brian Lee is having a very solid AHL season and with Redden likely gone and Richardson being 70 years old, he could very well be on the Sens next year.
i find brian lee's development very surprising, in a positive way...

he was supposed to be such a project when he was drafted. i thought he would need al 4 years in college and 1-2 years in the AHL before he was ready. and now, after 2 years at college and 1/2 season in the AHL he is allmost there.....

very niiiiice

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